KARACHI: All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) president Hameed Haroon and secretary general Sarmad Ali in a statement have congratulated Senator Shibli Faraz and Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa on their respective appointments and hoped that the new media team of the federal government will address the unattended issues faced by the newspapers industry and inculcate much needed cordial relations with the mainstream media.
The APNS office bearers pointed out that the newspaper industry has been facing acute financial crunch due to significant decline of government and private sector advertising and non payment of long outstanding dues by federal and provincial governments. The crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic which has devastated the economies of media. In this respect the APNS has time and again requested a relief package for the print media which includes immediate increase in the quantum of advertisements, enhancement of government advertisement rates and payment of long outstanding dues.
The APNS office bearers hoped that the new media team will give priority to workout the required relief package for print media. The APNS assured full support and cooperation to Senator Shibli Faraz and Lt-Gen Bajwa in discharge of their responsibilities and strengthening smooth and cordial Government-Press relations.—PR